The Audi RSQ8 is one of the most potent SUVs on the market today, with performance figures to match those of supercars of not too long ago and enough room to haul the family around for everyday activities. It’s certainly no slouch from the factory, but Manhart has decided it needs even more power…
Audi’s 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 sends 592bhp and 590lb ft of torque to all four wheels for a 3.8sec 0-62mph time, and 190mph top speed from factory. Thanks to the addition of larger, uprated turbochargers and a new carbonfibre air intake, Manhart has lifted output to 888bhp and 797lb ft of torque; that’s a substantial increase of 296bhp and 207lb ft. New performance figures haven’t been quoted, but it’s safe to say that the 0-62mph sprint is likely to come a few tenths sooner.
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As you’d expect, the gearbox has been reinforced to handle such an increase in power, with the chassis also receiving tweaks for improved stability. Sitting behind the new 23-inch ‘Concave One’ wheels (available in either black or grey) are the standard brakes. However, with enormous 440mm carbon-ceramic units available from factory, we think they’ll still be up to the task.
Of course, a new exhaust system is also on the cards, complete with a new middle silencer and downpipe for the ultimate sound. KW suspension lowers ride height by 30mm to lift those new wheels into the arches, and most dramatic of all is Manhart’s widebody kit. A carbon bonnet, front splitter, arches and rear diffuser all come as part of the package, alongside new side skirts and dual lip spoilers at the rear.
While the cabin remains relatively untouched, new leather floor mats are included, even coming colour-coordinated with the exterior body color.
All of this doesn’t come cheap, with it coming at a £170,000 premium over the standard car, €310,000 (approx. £276,000) to be precise. Only ten examples will be made, and order books are open now.